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The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is owned and operated by the Otorohanga Zoological Society Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand’s native wildlife through education, display and breeding programs.
Quick Facts about the Otorohanga Kiwi House:
- Opened in July, 1971 as the first nocturnal house in NZ and a leader in kiwi research, especially incubation and raising kiwi chicks for release.
- Holds New Zealand’s largest public collection of kiwi and other indigenous species.
- Features NZ’s original walk-through aviary, where visitors can see native birds in a natural rainforest habitat.
- Has a conservation focus – all monies received are reinvested in the park.
- Guarantees that visitors will see kiwi or receive a refund.
As well as 3 types of kiwi (Northern Brown Kiwi, Great Spotted Kiwi and Little Spotted Kiwi) there are morepork (native owl), falcon, wekas, tui, keruru (native pigeon) kaka and kea.
In the pond and marshland areas you’ll find pukeko, pied stilt, spur-winged plover, white faced heron and a wonderful range of ducks of every size, shape, and form – paradise ducks, shoveler, grey duck, scaup, brown teal, blue duck and grey teal.
There are also unique reptiles like tuatara and geckoes… it really is a fascinating place. The nocturnal house is open daily and has two separate feeding times to allow visitors to view kiwi all day long. The best place in New Zealand to see a Kiwi!